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How important is Airtight when infusing vodka?

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missmisery Oct 28, 2010 06:50 PM

I know this may seem like a stupid question but how important is it to store vodka in an airtight glass container? I am currently making bubblegum vodka as favor to a friend of mine, but the only thing i have to store it in is the smirnoff bottle the vodka came in. It seems airtight, and its glass, but it will only be half filled with vodka. I was wondering if this air trapped inside the bottle matters at all? Because all the recipes i've seen have the jars filled up to the top

  1. MGZ Oct 29, 2010 01:11 PM

    I have on more than one occasion successfully infused spirits in bottles that were less than full. It should present no problem as long as the cap is in place. I, on the other hand, have much greater trepidations about ruining perfectly good vodka with bubble gum . . . .

    1. andytee Nov 2, 2010 04:18 PM

      not a problem.

      1. pdxgastro Nov 2, 2010 04:41 PM

        It's not just for the infusion of flavor, but you also don't want the alcohol to evaporate. (Money down the drain) Your bottle should be fine. As an extra precaution you can cut a small piece of plastic wrap, fold it once or twice over the opening, and then screw the cap on tight.

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          pthaloearth Nov 2, 2010 06:47 PM

          you'll be fine, I've also successfully infused half bottles. Main concerns would be with ingredients that may rot or ferment when exposed to the air but that's not much of a problem is you make sure it says in the vodka.

          1. JMF Nov 4, 2010 10:58 AM

            as others say it isn't a problem unless the botanicals/fruit are exposed to air. If they are they will oxidize and turn brown and may rot. But it is always better to use a smaller container filled to the top. I use canning jars of various sizes.

            Bubble gum? I am trying really hard not to make some sarcastic comment.

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